The highly competitive midsize sedan segment offers many options, but if you want best-in-class performance and technology, stand-out design and more advanced safety features than any vehicle in the class, the 2015 Chrysler 200 that's on sale here at Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado is among the best choices you can make, especially when compared to the Nissan Altima.
The quality and value of the new 2015 Chrysler 200 have been recognized by many automotive review sites. The new 200 was named a Consumers Digest
“Best Buy”; it earned a place on the KBB.com “10 Best Sedans Under $25,000” list; and it was selected as the “Mid-Size Car of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association. In their review AutoTrader
editors said the 200 “is so good that it will…have you questioning the features, prominence and performance of every other midsize sedan on the road.”
Starting at an MSRP of $21,800, the Chrysler 200 costs less than the Nissan Altima, which starts at $22,300, and that’s only one of the advantages the 200 holds over the Altima.
Engine choices for the 2015 200 include a 2.4-liter Tigershark® MultiAir® inline four-cylinder and an award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that produces best-in-class horsepower. The four-cylinder produces 184 hp and 173 lb/ft of torque, while the V6 delivers a segment-best 295 hp and 262 lb/ft of torque. The Altima four-cylinder offers 182 hp, and the Altima’s available V6 only manages 270 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque.
Another 200 advantage is its segment-topping nine-speed automatic transmission. The nine-speed is far more engaging and rewarding than the Xtronic® Continuously Variable Transmission you’ll find in all Altima trims, and only the Chrysler 200 is available with all-wheel drive, a major advantage over the Altima and a great benefit for drivers who appreciate the enhanced traction and handling benefits year-round or who live in areas where weather and road conditions can be volatile. The all-wheel drive system features a segment-exclusive fully-disconnecting rear-axle that improves fuel economy when the system isn’t needed.
Both the 200 and the Altima come standard with 16-inch wheels, but only the 200 offers available 19-inchers. The 200 also comes standard with LED taillamps that are unavailable on the base Altima, and it’s available with a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a feature no Altima offers. The 200 even offers more paint color choices.
Inside the 200, you’ll immediately notice the high-quality materials and craftsmanship on display in the cabin. In fact, the 200 earned a place on Ward’s “10 Best Interiors” list for 2014 – the only standard midsize car to earn this honor. The Chrysler 200 comes standard with Keyless Enter ‘n Go, cruise control with steering wheel controls, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning with air filtration, premium cloth upholstery, and illuminated entry. Those features are all missing from the entry-level Altima. The award-winning Uconnect® infotainment system in the 200 comes with a larger touch-screen display than the system in the Altima offers (8.4 inches versus seven inches), and Uconnect® is widely considered one of the most intuitive, easiest to use systems available.
The center console in the 200 offers 1,055 cubic inches of room and two primary storage areas, compared to only 460 cubic inches of storage in the Altima, and maximum cargo volume is 16 cubic feet in the Chrysler, compared with 15.4 cubic feet in the Nissan. Longer, wider and taller than the Altima, the Chrysler 200 has more front and rear hip room, front shoulder room, rear legroom and rear head room.
More standard and available safety features are found in the Chrysler 200 than in any other vehicle in the segment, including the Altima. The 200 comes with eight airbags, to only six in the Altima, and it offers available Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Parallel Park Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, systems not available on the Altima. Better occupant protection is provided by the 2015 Chrysler 200, which earned a 2015 “Top Safety Pick+” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in addition to a “Superior” Front Crash Prevention rating. The Altima didn’t achieve either of these designations.
The superior value of the 2015 Chrysler 200 is underscored by its five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, which provides 40,000 miles more coverage than the five-year/60,000-mile warranty of the Altima. The Altima doesn’t offer Roadside Assistance, either where the 200 provides it for the full length of its powertrain coverage.
For drivers who want to spend less money and get more in return, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is a smart choice. Stop by to see and drive the full 2015 Chrysler 200 line today, and see which you like best.